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Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk and Ice Explorer Ticket

1. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk and Ice Explorer Ticket

Enjoy an adventure at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center. Get a guided tour around the Athabasca Glacier on Ice Explorer, admire the stunning mountains and glaciers and listen as your guide informs you of all the facts and history. Meet your guide, who will take you to the Athabasca Glacier. At the scheduled time, board your Ice Explorer, a massive vehicle designed explicitly for glacial travel, and set off on an exciting ride. During your ride, hear stories and facts about the Columbia Icefield and the glaciers around you. Once on the Glacier, hop off the vehicle to walk on the thick, 25,000-year-old ice and drink cold, pure water from the glacier itself. This is an experience you will never forget. Then, take a short ride to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk. Heighten your senses by walking on a platform where only glass separates you from a 918-foot (279-meter) drop. Marvel at the spectacular views of the mountains, glaciers, and the Sunwapta River with its waterfalls.

Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

2. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Get an entry ticket to Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 918 feet (279 meters) above the valley floor. See giant glaciers perched above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below with this experience. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper, then board the shuttle to get to the skywalk. Upon arrival at the observation platform, collect your audio guide and embark on your adventure. Step onto the glass floor of the Columbia Icefield Skywalk to begin the scenic 1-kilometer walk, surrounded by fantastic views. Marvel at crystal-clear waterfalls, admire the mountains and glaciers above and keep a lookout for wildlife native to the Candian Rockies.

From Calgary/Banff: Columbia Icefield Glacier Full-Day Trip

3. From Calgary/Banff: Columbia Icefield Glacier Full-Day Trip

Crowfoot Glacier Early explorers named the glacier Crowfoot because its three sections of ice looked like a crow’s foot on the mountain. While one of the three “toes” has now receded and disappeared, the glacier is no less spectacular. The Crowfoot Glacier sits above Bow Lake, providing stunning photo opportunities for those traveling the Icefields Parkway. The spectacular Crowfoot Glacier can be viewed from a lookout point on the world-famous Icefields Parkway about 34 km (21 mi) north of Lake Louise. Bow Lake Bow Lake is one of the many lakes that line the Icefields Parkway and a popular stop for visitors to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It’s no secret that the Canadian Rockies are not short of spectacular vistas and lakes. Bow Lake is one of our top recommendations for a stop to stretch the legs on the Icefields Parkway. A short walk along the lakeshore trail is a family-friendly hike, or you can enjoy longer hikes around Bow Lake for a more complete day. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you don’t miss Bow Lake. Columbia Icefield Skywalk & Ice Explorer Go beyond nature's edge and immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring interpretive experience in one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. Explore the immense powers of glaciology from a fully accessible, cliff-edge walkway that leads to a glass-floored observation platform 280 m (918 ft) above the Sunwapta Valley. From ice-capped mountain peaks to vast glacier-formed valleys, the Columbia Icefield Skywalk is your front-row seat to nature's most grand performance. The Columbia Icefield Skywalk is situated in a national park and there are plenty of opportunities for spotting wildlife throughout the trip. Mountain goats are especially prevalent. If you're lucky, you may witness a bald eagle soaring through the wind. Peyto Lake Peyto Lake is a glacier-fed lake in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The lake itself is near the Icefields Parkway. The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 m (6,100 ft). During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake from a nearby glacier, and these suspended rock particles are what give the lake a unique bright, turquoise colour. Because of its bright colour, photos of the lake often appear in illustrated books,and the area around the lake is a popular sightseeing spot. The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefields Parkway. Herbert Lake The Herbert Lake has the lake and snow-capped mountain views are stunning. There is an awesome and far less-traveled trail with great mountain views. This trail starts off in the parking area of Herbert Lake. The exact trailhead can be hard to find, in fact, so it is recommended to download the offline maps to make sure you stay on the route. The trail is extremely well-defined and easy to follow once past the trailhead.

Canadian Rockies: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

4. Canadian Rockies: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you to not-to-be-missed places of interest across Banff, Lake Louise, Yoho, Icefields Parkway and Jasper, along with fascinating stories, tips and directions. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. The Canadian Rocky Mountains National Parks are such an amazing place where the scenery is often almost too good to be true. The National Parks are spread over hundreds of miles, each area with its own rewarding features, attractions and wildlife. Includes: Lake Louise and Yoho (Full Day) Lake Louise is one of the most famous of all the photos to take in the Rockies, with the beautifully coloured lake backdropped by massive, glacier-draped peaks. Moraine Lake is easily as stunning, with 10 peaks surrounding the lake. Be sure to read the information about pre-planning required to visit Moraine Lake. Yoho is the National Park that continues directly west of Lake Louise. Major attractions include Takakkaw Falls, a mighty glacier-fed cascade is the biggest in the Rockies, the serene Emerald Lake, and the Natural Bridge - an awesome display of the power of water. Also make a stop at the Spiral Tunnels to witness some manmade ingenuity. Commentary fills the portion of the drive between Lake Louise and Banff, with Johnston Canyon the most popular stop, and it's your choice whether to drive on the fast Hwy 1, or the slower, scenic 1A - Bow Valley Parkway. Icefields Parkway (Long Full Day) Without any doubt, this is the most scenic drive in the National Parks and has been voted the World's Most Beautiful Mountain Drive. Glaciers that practically touch the road, brilliant blue lakes, and thundering waterfalls dominate the route. And this drive is usually rich with wildlife. Take a full day to enjoy all the stops if driving one way between Banff or Lake Louise and Jasper, or reverse. It is also common to drive from Banff/Lake Louise to the Icefields Centre and then return as a day trip. Jasper (1-2 Days) With wider valleys between its mighty mountain ranges, and a touch lower elevation, Jasper is an ideal environment for wildlife. Drive the loop that visits the pretty lakes that sit on a benchland above the town, effortlessly climb Whistlers Mountain on the TramWay and even share the view with some big horn sheep on Old Fort Point, all close to the town. Then venture further out to the Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake, the location of the famous Spirit Island cruise. And be sure to soak in the Rockies' hottest springs at Miette. Around Town of Banff (Half- Full Day) There are about a dozen surprisingly impressive things to do around the town of Banff, none more than 20 minutes away. Join the tour loop and follow from place to place with frequent stops for incredible views, waterfalls, mountain lakes and often lucky wildlife spotting locations. Complete the loop with short stops in just a few hours, or plan to spend a day with extended visits to ride the Banff Gondola, cruise on Lake Minnewanka, paddle a rented canoe, or relax on a guided float trip.

Halifax: Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Halifax: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the Halifax Self-Guided Audio Tour, where preferences meet freedom and flexibility to create an enriching exploration of one of Canada's most vibrant cities. Embark on a journey tailored to your pace and interests, delving into the rich tapestry of history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts that define Halifax. As you wander through the charming streets and iconic landmarks of Halifax, you'll have the freedom to chart your course and linger at attractions that capture your imagination. Our self-guided audio tour offers the flexibility to pause, rewind, and explore at your leisure, ensuring an immersive experience that caters to your preferences. Discover the fascinating stories behind Halifax's historic sites, from the imposing Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a symbol of Canada's military heritage, to the poignant Halifax Explosion Memorial, commemorating the city's resilience in the face of tragedy. Uncover the secrets of the waterfront at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where tales of seafaring adventures and maritime prowess come to life. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Halifax as you stroll through the colorful streets of the North End, home to eclectic boutiques, trendy cafes, and bustling markets. Learn about the city's musical heritage at the Halifax Music Hall of Fame, where legendary performers and iconic venues take center stage. Marvel at the architectural wonders that grace Halifax's skyline, from the grandeur of Province House, Canada's oldest legislative building, to the modernist masterpiece of the Halifax Central Library. Each stop on our self-guided audio tour offers a window into Halifax's rich architectural heritage, showcasing a blend of historic charm and contemporary innovation. Learn more about the top 14 tourist attractions in Halifax. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market 2. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 3. The Emigrant Statue 4. Discovery Centre 5. Halifax Central Library 6. Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica 7. Alexander Keith's Brewery 8. Halifax Waterfront 9. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic 10. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 11. St. Paul's Anglican Church 12. Old Town Clock 13. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site 14. Halifax Public Gardens Whether you're a history buff, a culture enthusiast, or simply curious about Halifax's hidden gems, our self-guided audio tour promises an unforgettable journey of discovery. So grab your headphones, set out on your own adventure, and uncover the captivating stories that await you in Halifax. With our audio tour, the possibilities are endless, and the experience is yours to shape.

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Need to explain that you won’t be limited to a short time at the skywalk if you make a later booking for explorer since you will be dropped off at skywalk following your tour.

The ride with the Ice Explorer to the glacier was great and our guide made the ride entertaining and very educational. It was an experience!

Sad that the glacier is melting but what a magnificent experience. Your was top notch and seamless. Thank you.

Fun trip out to the glacier. Easy to find transportation location at the discovery center. Really fun guides!

Just fantastic from start to finish every one was so helpful and friendly